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Why I Never Want to Be Elizabeth Bennet

(1) Comments | Posted 29 January 2013 | (23:00)

Who wanted to be Lizzie Bennet? Not me, aged 10, that's for sure. I wanted to be elder sister Jane, who was beautiful and good. She thought the best of everyone, even when Miss Bingley was being a total cow. Even then, I felt dimly, this was going to be...

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The Ugliness is Within, Not On TV

(2) Comments | Posted 2 May 2012 | (19:23)

When I first saw Mary Beard, an erudite whirl of crimson speeding on her bicycle around the Eternal City, I thought I'd turned on BBC4 by mistake.

After all, she must be Danish, right? And this must be subtitled? Because I imagine only in sensible places like...

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Great Expectations - the Sleeper Hit of Christmas TV

(5) Comments | Posted 30 December 2011 | (12:21)

When it comes to Dickens, quite honestly I've never had ' Great Expectations.' Maybe it was the nine hour version of Nicholas Nickelby our class was treated to at school, or all those lawyers in Dombey and Son, or else the guarantee that someone, at some point, was going to...

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Girl With the Dragon Tattoo: This Trilogy Belongs in Scandinavia, Not Hollywood

(155) Comments | Posted 26 December 2011 | (23:00)

No one who loves the saga of Beowulf is surprised as to how an area like Scandinavia; famous for its furniture, relaxed attitude towards adultery and, of course, jumpers; could have produced something as dark and brooding as The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.

Monsters lurked in the dark...

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MTV EMAs - Where are our British Stars?

(1) Comments | Posted 8 November 2011 | (11:11)

There are many sights which lift the heart, but the one of pop star Jason Derulo trudging towards seat 16F after discovering Aer Lingus only does economy to Belfast will stay with me for months.

Derulo was one of the stars imported into Northern Ireland this weekend to make...

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Covering The Q Awards - It's Journo Warfare

(0) Comments | Posted 25 October 2011 | (09:56)

Some reporters run after convoys heading to liberate Tripoli. Me, I run in tight shoes after Bono.

It was one of those frontline situations at the Q Awards. If you're one of the great unwashed of Hoxton, this means you will spend the afternoon ligging at the Grosvenor Hotel....

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Mastodon on Later - Why has Jools Ignored Heavy Metal?

(8) Comments | Posted 19 October 2011 | (12:11)

I think I once had Mastodon confused with Mastitis. That was my mistake. Mastodon - a self-described Sludge Metal band - merely causes inflammation of the ears.

However, everything in me swelled up with joy when I heard that the Atlanta quartet were getting their four minutes on 'Later...

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Rock Of Ages Brings Rock Music and pop Metal out of the Closet

(4) Comments | Posted 29 September 2011 | (10:00)

Rock music, like Ozzy Osbourne, should have died years ago.

By that, I mean the brand of AOR and pop metal which has been given a new lease of life by 'Rock of Ages', which opened officially last night in London's West End.

Starring the talents...

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Hollywood's Obsession With Remakes

(7) Comments | Posted 26 September 2011 | (00:00)

It was the news that sent me to breaking point - that Hollywood wants to remake 'Pointbreak'.

It's a surf cop classic ( admittedly there aren't that many to compete in that particular genre) starring Keanu Reeves as a police officer who has to track down a gang of bank...

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Beware the Bonnets: The Blighted Brontes are the Next Big Thing in Cinema

(1) Comments | Posted 9 September 2011 | (00:00)

An alcoholic and opium addict, a social recluse and all dead by the age of 40. You get the feeling that the troubled Brontes should have lived in Albert Square.

Yet there isn't a literary family anywhere to equal the combined genius of Charlotte, Emily and Anne, or even the...

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The British are Coming: The UK Takes Over the Venice Film Festival

(0) Comments | Posted 7 September 2011 | (00:00)

Our summer riots may be a source of national shame. Likewise, our summer weather. But at least British films are cause for riotous celebrations and thunderous applause at the Venice Film Festival.

"If there is a national cinema represented here," claims festival director Marco Mueller," it's the UK's."

Steve McQueen...

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Her Madgesty: First Review of Madonna's Wallis Simpson Movie W.E at the Venice Film Festival

(6) Comments | Posted 2 September 2011 | (00:00)

Madonna and Wallis Simpson have much in common. Twice divorced, scandalous Americans
exiled to London, who both seem to abide by Wallis's famous advice, "you can never be too rich or too thin."

Where Wallis and Madonna slightly veer off the road is over love. King Edward VIII gave...

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Vote for George! Mr Clooney Launches new Political Thriller 'The Ides of March' at Venice Film Festival

(0) Comments | Posted 1 September 2011 | (00:00)

Were it not for George Clooney, the Venice Film Festival would have sunk faster than the city itself.

While other film makers transferred to the Toronto festival, (so much cheaper to fly from Hollywood) Clooney chooses Venice (so much cheaper to drive to from Lake Como).

Why he persists in...

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